Day 10 – To Darkness by Mumford & Sons

There is a persistent lie that says we are beyond the love of God. We write poetry and cry from our hearts in our fear that we have acted beyond the mercy of God, only to be reminded day after day God’s mercy and love for us extends beyond our wildest of imaginations. God does not abandon us to darkness.

I tell myself my future is lost,
All that I hoped for from the Lord.
The thought of my affliction and homelessness is wormwood and gall;
Remembering it over and over
leaves my soul downcast within me.
But I will call this to mind,
As my reason to have hope
The favours of the Lord are not exhausted, His mercies are not spent;
They are renewed each morning, So great is his faithfulness.
My portion is the Lord, says my soul; therefore will I hope in him.

Lamentations 3:17-26

Day 9 – How Long by Avalanche City

There are days when the question, “How Long?” wears heavily in our souls. There are days when this question can seem to be the only question left to ask, with an answer that feels far away or impossible. God meets us in this question and we don’t need to be afraid to ask the question on our hearts. It is okay to tell God how long we have waited. God, give us the strength to wait for the answer that rests in our hearts. Give us the courage to continue to wait with hope.

Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhage for twelve years; and though she had spent all she had on physicians, no one could cure her. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his clothes, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped. Then Jesus asked, ‘Who touched me?’ When all denied it, Peter said, ‘Master, the crowds surround you and press in on you.’ But Jesus said, ‘Someone touched me; for I noticed that power had gone out from me.’ When the woman saw that she could not remain hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before him, she declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. He said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.

Luke 8:43-48

Day 8 – Wenn Ich einmal soll scheiden by J. S. Bach

When I must depart one day, do not depart from me. We practice and learn how to trust God with our lives, in small and ordinary acts everyday. These choices, when we allow ourselves to see God’s faithfulness helps us to also trust God in death. To trust that when we depart, God does not depart from us. Or from those we love. But that the one who was faithful in life remains faithful in death.

“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord”

Romans 8:38-39

Day 7 – Be Here Now by Ray LaMontagne

Day 7 – Be Here Now by Ray LaMontagne

Don’t let your soul get lonely. So many of the miracles of scripture are not simply about physical healing, but the healing of relationship, of community, of being able to be with others. When fear wants to keep us apart in so many different ways, it is good if we can take time to remember that our healing so often comes in relationships and through the healing words and prayers of others in our lives. Can we stop and reflect on the healing gift of relationships we have held in our lives?

The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but Jesus sent him on, saying,‘Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.’

Luke 8:38-39

Day 6 – The Silence by Avalanche City

Success in the world can leave us empty. When we have gained everything but lost ourselves, our relationship with our God and the love that connects us to all creation, we find ourselves wanting more. Everything we have and can gain, is a blessing to serve the love we were made from and made for.

We may not always or even often turn to God in prayer or with the actions of our lives and intentions of our hearts, but God’s love is always active beyond our silence.

For God alone my soul waits in silence

Psalm 62:5

Day 5 – Silent Life by Fruit Bats

How do we hear God’s Word for us, the Spirit’s peace within us, Christ’s call to us? Can we listen for the voice of God amid the struggles and stumbles of life or does God’s voice seem silent or drowned out?

Silence can be a gift of peace or can feel like the pain of loneliness and abandonment. God we long to hear your voice and know your comfort and will. Speak to us in the silence of our hearts and over the din of our world

Jesus went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone

Matthew 14:23

Day 4 – Hear My Call by Jill Scott

God hears our cries and prayers as we ask for faith through doubt, healing in pain and forgiveness for when we have forgotten God’s love. May we always turn to our God when lost and afraid, trusting in God’s ways and in the Spirit of Christ that seeks us out when we are lost, confused and overwhelmed.

‘I believe; help my unbelief!’

Mark 9:24

Day 3 – Agape by Bear’s Den

“Agape” is a particular form of love, the kind of love God has for creation, an unconditional and gracious love. How do we live in that love? How have we walked away from it? Do we know ourselves to be a part of the God of love or do we feel distant from it?

For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night

1 Thessalonians 5:5

Day 2 – There is a Light by Great Lake Swimmers

“Arise and Shine” was the call of Advent, as we anticipated God who has come into the world. All too often we have fallen asleep, complacent in the world and weary of the works of justice and mercy we are called to. The almost lullaby nature of the song calls this to mind.

The refrain “Stop, Listen, Feel, Believe all your lives” recalls us to the light we celebrate in faith.

Be still, and know that I am God

Psalm 46:10

Day 1 – Lost in the Light by Bahamas

Day 1 – Lost in the Light by Bahamas

The Sunday before Lent is the Transfiguration. Jesus is revealed in glory, shining brighter than the star that first led the magi to seek him at his birth. Heaven has touched Earth with an inspiring and guiding light that lives in us by the faith of Christ. As we begin our Lenten journey in the wilderness we so often live in, we remember there is a light and hope, even we cannot see it or have closed our eyes to it and turned our backs to it. When we feel lost we are not lost to God.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

Psalm 139:11-12
Lost in the Light by Bahamas